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Elderly support facility given go-ahead

Elderly support facility given go-ahead

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Elderly support facility given go-ahead


Proposals for a new facility to support the elderly in the community have been given the go-ahead by the Assistant Treasury Minister.

The new Age Concern premises will be delivered alongside Andium Homes' plans for 21 new apartments on the Convent Court low-rise site in Val Plaisant.

The site, which is directly opposite the charity’s current building, will deliver a new purpose-built facility for Age Concern on the ground floor, along with 18 one-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom apartments above, which will be available for rental through the Affordable Housing Gateway.

Andium Homes will fund the project from a private loan facility that the company secured earlier this year. Age Concern will cover a monthly rental once the facility is delivered, under a 25-year lease arrangement.

Pictured: Age Concern's current facility is not "very accessible for our elderly clientele", the charity's acting chair said.

Ben Shenton, acting Chair of Age Concern Jersey, said the charity had been working with the affordable housing provider for a while to find a new base for their services.

"Our current facility is now very tired, it is not big enough to cater for any growth in our services and is not very accessible for our elderly clientele," he explained.

“Our services have become even more important in recent times, with the elderly facing additional challenges with having to stay home and protect themselves against corona virus. We are absolutely delighted to see the project progressing; the new facility will enable to us to deliver more and better services to our older population."

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Pictured: 18 one-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom apartments will be built.

Age Concern is also working with Silkworth Lodge, which provides help to islanders suffering with alcohol or drug addiction, to ensure their current premises remains within the charitable sector, "providing essential services to the Jersey community".

"It really is a win- win arrangement – at no cost to the taxpayer," Mr Shenton added.

The Assistant Minister for Treasury and Resources, Deputy Lindsday Ash, has given Andium Homes the go-ahead for the construction.

It is hoped the project will provide stimulus to the local economy as the island recovers from the covid-19 pandemic.

Following a full tender process, Rok Construct Ltd. have been awarded the main contract, which is due to be signed imminently, with works commencing next month.

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Pictured: Work on the site should start next month.

“I am delighted to have approved this project, particularly at a time when the construction industry needs support," Deputy Lindsay Ash, Assistant Minister for Treasury and Resources, said.

"Andium Homes is already on sites across the island delivering over 700 homes and this additional project will not only assist with stimulating the economy, it will also provide much needed homes and a purpose-built facility for Age Concern."

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